Foun­da­tion to pro­vide grant fund­ing for 2017

The Star Democrat - - BUSINESS & FINANCIAL -

EAS­TON — Qual­ity Health Foun­da­tion has an­nounced a call for pro­pos­als for the 2017-18 grant pe­riod.

QHF is a na­tional not-for­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing health and well-be­ing through­out com­mu­ni­ties across Mary­land and Wash­ing­ton; D.C. They will award grants to el­i­gi­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions that work to “im­prove health care through mea­sur­able out­come im­prove­ment projects”.

Since 2006, the foun­da­tion has awarded ap­prox­i­mately $4.5 mil­lion to over 65 dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions in Mary­land and the District of Columbia.

QHF will fund health care projects, fo­cus­ing on the unin­sured and un­der­in­sured pa­tient. Se­lected projects should in­clude well de­fined goals with mea­sur­able out­comes. Ap­pli­ca­tions for grants will be ac­cepted from Dec. 1, 2016 through 5 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2017. Ap­pli­cants will be no­ti­fied of their award sta­tus in June 2017.

“We are em­bark­ing on a new era in health­care ac­ces­si­bil­ity. The projects we have funded are var­ied in scope, in­no­va­tive in de­sign, and pos­i­tively im­pact health qual­ity in ways that meet the new pa­tient-cen­tered model of care,” said Molly Bur­goyne, chair­man of QHF’s board of direc­tors. “We are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, mea­sur­able out­comes, and chronic dis­ease pre­ven­tion. Pro­grams ded­i­cated to high stan­dards of care are a pri­or­ity.”

Last year 15 dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ceived grants — in­clud­ing Cal­vary Wo­man’s ser­vices, HOPE (Health and Outreach Point of En­try), and the Mary­land Foun­da­tion of Den­tistry for the Hand­i­capped.

“The ser­vice you pro­vide truly changed my life and has given me a new be­gin­ning;” said an ac­tual grant re­cip­i­ent. “You gave me a bet­ter qual­ity of life.”

“Ev­ery dol­lar makes a huge dif­fer­ence in the life of our dis­abled pa­tients! The Qual­ity Health Foun­da­tion’s award of $35,000 con­verts into an amaz­ing $211,000 worth of di­rect den­tal care for our pa­tients,” said Lil­ian R Marsh, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Mary­land Foun­da­tion of Den­tistry for the Hand­i­capped.

Pri­or­ity ar­eas in­clude pro­grams that: im­prove ac­cess to health care ser­vices to the un­served and un­der- served, im­prove un­der­stand­ing of health is­sues and demon­strate im­prove­ment through mea­sur­able out­comes of stated goals.

QHF is the mis­sion arm of Qual­ity Health Strate­gies (QHS), a na­tional not- for- profit or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to Cre­at­ing So­lu­tions to Trans­form Health. The Foun­da­tion was formed in 2003 in an ef­fort to im­prove health care in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“Our as­so­ciates are pas­sion­ate and ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing our com­mu­ni­ties” Ron Forsythe, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of QHS said.

“As a prod­uct of their ef­forts, the com­pany is able to pro­vide QHF with the funds nec­es­sary to di­rectly im­pact the lives of peo­ple in need of health ser­vices that might oth­er­wise not be sup­ported. We are al­ways im­pressed with the qual­ity and im­pact of the grantees and look for­ward to see­ing the projects pro­posed in re­sponse to this Re­quest for Pro­pos­als,” he said.

Ap­pli­cants must be from Mary­land or the District of Columbia. For more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply visit: www.qual­i­ty­health­foun­da­tion.org.

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